By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
Nick Saban says he doesn’t listen to the media, but he had a direct message on the topic in Monday’s news conference. After beating Georgia 38-10 amid questions of Alabama’s place in the college football world, Saban delivered a passionate response to a question about focus. A reporter asked about keeping players dialed in with so much attention on the program. And Saban let loose…
By Chris Hale, Bama Hammer:
I didn’t do too much reading last night unless it’s from a local writer, especially with all of these “Alabama Dynasty” stories are popping up. Most of the local guys that I have come in contact with are extremely helpful for any question you may have. I saw just tonight a few national media members getting chippy with followers over some great questions ask over Twitter. There’s no reason to be like that just because someone has different views on a subject.
By Alex Martin Smith, SECcountry:
Alabama had several pressing issues when it traveled to Athens this weekend. The passing game was inconsistent. The secondary was full of holes. Special teams could not be counted on to make plays. But all of those problems were seemingly corrected in 30 minutes on Saturday. The Crimson Tide played a complete game in its dismantling of No. 8 Georgia. Viewers across the country caught a glimpse of the “usual” Alabama, and not a fading dynasty. We’re here to break down how that happened with a Week 5 report card for Nick Saban’s squad.
By Alex Martin Smith, SECcountry:
With Alabama nursing a 10-3 second-quarter lead in its eventual 38-10 win over Georgia Saturday afternoon, a pair of Crimson Tide freshmen stepped into the spotlight. First up was 5-star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who stormed through UGA’s punt protection and nearly grabbed the football off Collin Barber’s foot. The pigskin bounced off Fitzpatrick and toward the end zone, where he scooped it up and waltzed across the line for Alabama’s second touchdown of the day. It was his first career score, and he tacked on a sack later in the contest.
By Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports:
It was cute, really. The way the Georgia players rushed over and crowded the sideline to woof at Alabama when the Crimson Tide took the field for pregame warmups Saturday – it was like watching a 10-year-old boy put on his father’s suit. Like the Bulldogs were all grown up now, big and bad enough to intimidate the Tide. So much posturing. So much bravado. So little substance to back it up once kickoff came. Georgia came out talking the talk, then walked the walk – straight into a brick-wall Alabama defense. Final score of this soggy mismatch: Alabama 38, Georgia 10.
By Matt Zenitz, al.com:
Alabama escaped with a 14-13 win at Arkansas last year — only after a Landon Collins interception ended a potential Razorbacks game-winning scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. Oddsmakers don’t believe this year’s game will be that close.
By Charlie Potter, 247sports.com:
Words were exchanged between Alabama and Georgia before pregame warmups began Saturday afternoon inside Sanford Stadium, and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was not happy about it, letting his players know it when they returned to the locker room. Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” blared from the speakers inside the stadium, and fittingly, the Alabama players began bouncing as they congregated outside the tunnel, yards away from the Bulldog players, who were all out on the field loosening up before the conference contest.
By Christopher Walsh, Bleacher Report:
Apparently there’s nothing like a trip to Sanford Stadium to fix whatever ails the University of Alabama football team. Similar to the “blackout game” of 2008, when it first served noticed what college football could expect with Nick Saban heading the Crimson Tide, Alabama again dominated the 2015 preseason favorite in the SEC East on its home field, this time with a 38-10 result. Like that previous meeting, which ended up with a 41-30 final after Alabama led 31-0 at halftime, the score and statistics weren’t indicative of how lopsided the game truly was. Alabama simply manhandled No. 8 Georgia in the rain, which bodes well for the Crimson Tide’s immediate future.
You heard it all week: Georgia was “Alabama East.” The Bulldogs were playing true Crimson Tide football, while the team in Tuscaloosa was struggling to establish its identity. There were long stories written — and gobbled up — about how former Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt and his Georgia defense had developed a distinct Tide mentality.